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by Margo
April 7th, 2010, 6:36 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Question about manuscript readers
Replies: 17
Views: 2782

Re: Question about manuscript readers

I'm one of those people who does sit down with someone else's ms with the red pen, though I prefer the whole ms at once instead of piecing out the chapters to me. I do it because (gawd help me) I actually like editing and (on a selfish note) I find it sharpens my skills for writing and for editing m...
by Margo
April 7th, 2010, 6:28 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Craptastic covers... what are your pet peeves?
Replies: 33
Views: 10817

Re: Craptastic covers... what are your pet peeves?

I hate fantasy covers that make the characters look like they came from an early D&D manual or a 1970's cartoon, like He-Man or the Thundercats. Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time books are an example of this for me. I hope that if I sacrifice enough ink and paper to the publishing god, I'll be rewarded ...
by Margo
April 7th, 2010, 6:10 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What's with Author X's editor, man?
Replies: 7
Views: 1494

Re: What's with Author X's editor, man?

Talking to editors, I suspect messy books are the result of several issues. First, editors have really heavy workloads (the ones I've spoken to anyway). Second, a few of their really popular authors refuse to be edited (less a typo issue and more the reason a book comes in at 800 crappy pages when i...
by Margo
April 7th, 2010, 12:04 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Favorite quote
Replies: 55
Views: 10070

Re: Favorite quote

Gosh, I have a whole Word file of favorite quotes. I'll limit myself to posting three: "I'm selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control, and at times hard to handle, but if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best." Marily...
by Margo
April 7th, 2010, 11:04 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Breakout Novel Handbook
Replies: 15
Views: 2762

Re: The Breakout Novel Handbook

What an intriguing idea! Would you mind sharing how you divided it up? Sure, no problem. I apologize if any of these are not in the book. I did this a few months ago and can't remember if I incorporated questions from the handouts that he gave at the Intensive, but there are probably a handful of t...
by Margo
April 7th, 2010, 10:40 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: What writing disorder do you suffer from?
Replies: 49
Views: 11118

Re: What writing disorder do you suffer from?

Quill wrote: That's not a writing practice. That's kink.
Um, yeah. I resemble that remark. :)
by Margo
April 6th, 2010, 3:46 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: What writing disorder do you suffer from?
Replies: 49
Views: 11118

Re: What writing disorder do you suffer from?

Ha! I love this question. Borderline Personality Disorder I hate writing, but I love being a writer. I feel better when I write...so I refuse to do it. Writing is the main purpose of my life - don't make me do it. I am reminded of a writing workshop I went to where a lecturer recounted the antics of...
by Margo
April 6th, 2010, 1:28 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Which book have you read the most number of times?
Replies: 90
Views: 13874

Re: Which book have you read the most number of times?

I guess I was born without the re-read gene. I have never chosen of my own accord to re-read a book, even one I loved. Perhaps it's the sense that there are so many out there to read that I need the time for the ones I have yet to discover. That being said, I have read the Iliad and the Odyssey for ...
by Margo
April 6th, 2010, 1:18 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What Did Adverbs Ever Do to You?!
Replies: 38
Views: 11581

Re: What Did Adverbs Ever Do to You?!

The question I ask of an attribution clause like "she said angrily" is who's doing the reporting and in what mode of discourse? Is the narrator directly addressing or indirectly addressing an audience? Or is a viewpoint character's consciousness indirectly reporting events through interaction with ...
by Margo
April 6th, 2010, 12:57 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What Did Adverbs Ever Do to You?!
Replies: 38
Views: 11581

Re: What Did Adverbs Ever Do to You?!

I agree that using an adverb does save words (sometimes), but I think they do so at a cost too high to pay...flat writing, in most cases. I have never seen an adverbial dialogue tag that could not have been replaced by providing stronger dialogue, though I have seen fairly unoffensive adverbial tags...
by Margo
April 6th, 2010, 12:06 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What Did Adverbs Ever Do to You?!
Replies: 38
Views: 11581

Re: What Did Adverbs Ever Do to You?!

For example, "He said angrily" seems to me to be a fine sentence. I like it. Except that it breaks the cardinal rule by telling instead of showing. That can be a legitimate way to intentionally short cut (and James Scott Bell's book on plot and structure does briefly discuss when you might want to ...
by Margo
April 6th, 2010, 11:57 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Do you have data/info on most marketable genre in fiction?
Replies: 1
Views: 871

Re: Do you have data/info on most marketable genre in fiction?

My immediate thought would be that the sample size is small and the sample population is too specialized, resulting in fantasy showing up bigger than it (probably) actually is. The RWA has some data on their website, and it fits what agents and editors have told me: romance is the 800 pound gorilla ...
by Margo
April 6th, 2010, 11:41 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: What Did Adverbs Ever Do to You?!
Replies: 38
Views: 11581

Re: What Did Adverbs Ever Do to You?!

And while I'm at it, does anyone else remember "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, get your adverbs here"? Schoolhouse Rock, baby. God, it's late... Schoolhouse Rock is the reason I was able to write the preamble to the US Constitution on my 7th grade government exam at record speed and why I count everything in...
by Margo
April 6th, 2010, 11:20 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Tickler File
Replies: 7
Views: 1366

Re: The Tickler File

I have something similar, but it's not as developed as a full-fledged tickler file. I have a file where I toss interesting snippets from the news, lyrics to songs that sort of linger in the mind, phrases I have run into. None of them are fully formed story ideas. I also have a separate file for them...
by Margo
April 6th, 2010, 11:01 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Share your opening sentence!
Replies: 236
Views: 41789

Re: Share your opening sentence!

Man, I've got to get me a beta to start getting some feedback on this project. I know the feeling. My last critique group was well-meaning, but it was a case of the blind leading the blind. Everything I wrote was "really good" and they liked the names. I can only remember one time they took issue w...